We got some farm work done on Saturday morning, and then the rains came Saturday afternoon.
The temperatures dropped, the wind picked up, and more rain came on Sunday & Monday. I think the high on Monday was 51 degrees.
So, we've been huddled up inside the rig the last two and a half days.
Linda has been handling Rally registrations. I think the cabins for the 2016 Spring Educational Rally are just about sold out already.
I've been working on a few different things.
We've been working on our relationship with the Escapees RV Club after Travis & Melanie Carr reached out to us a few weeks back.
Travis & Melanie are third generation full-time RVers, and Travis is the grandson of Escapees RV Club founders, Joe & Kay Peterson. Seeing an opportunity to address the needs of "younger", pre-Social Security, pre-Medicare age RVers, in early 2015 they started a new division of Escapees called the Xscapers RV Club - A New Generation of RVers.
“Xscapers is a support network geared toward a new generation of RVers who have not yet retired and who have already, or are aspiring to, hit the road pursuing a full-time or part-time nomadic lifestyle.”
Now, one membership fee of $39.95 gets you membership to both clubs, and each member has the option of whether or not they want to "identify" with the Xscapers, which has its own separate website.
However, the Xscapers are not completely separate from Escapees. Both clubs share most of the same features, and there is not a great deal of separation between the two. Xscapers just has some information pertinent to the "younger" folks and they have special gatherings called "Convergences".
We have been members of Escapees since before we went on the road back in 2005. It was our primary source of research in those early days, and we've taken advantage of and promoted many of the benefits over the years. But as we traveled, we soon discovered that we were much younger than most of the other members. Melanie & Travis understood the perception that Escapees was for "retired RVers", and set out to do something about it.
In fact, several years ago, we considered starting our own club for "younger" RVers. However, we realized there were many problems with that concept, including whether or not to have age limits, determining the criteria for membership, whether or not people lost their memberships at a certain point (including us), etc., etc.
Travis & Melanie have recognized that as well, and that's why Xscapers as a division of Escapees is such a good idea. One membership and folks can choose how they want to associate. There is no age limit either way, there are no criteria either way, and members still get information geared to all age groups and individual needs. It's simply about personal preference.
Escapees and Xscapers now have their own "Job Board" for RVers. And they now have mail forwarding and legal addresses in all three of the most popular full-timer RVer domicile states - Texas, South Dakota, and Florida - rather than just in Texas.
It's nice to see Escapees becoming a more "well rounded" club over the last couple of years with a lower annual membership fee. So, we have now become a Commercial Member and, thanks to our new relationship with Travis & Melanie, we will be cross-promoting each other more.
They have added us to their drop-down list under "Referred By" in their membership sign-up form. So, if you've been considering becoming an Escapees or Xscapers member, let them know you heard about them from us by selecting "RV Dreams" in the drop-down box when you sign up.
I'm going to prepare a more detailed web page on RV clubs we recommend, but for now I just wanted to let everyone know that RV-Dreams and Escapees/Xscapers, while competitors to some degree in some areas, will be working together more in the future for the benefit of all full-time and future full-time RVers.
I've also been working on a couple of other web pages, and it looks like we're going to do a trip to Isle Royale National Park this weekend, so we've been planning for that.
Other than that, with the colder weather, we finished off Linda's chili, and she made her favorite baked pork chops and scalloped potatoes dinner. And, in addition to watching the stock market tumble, we've been watching the Little League World Series where a team from Bowling Green, KY - our college town - is still playing.
We sure hope to see the sun tomorrow! :)